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Picasso flunks: A retention study


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

This study examines the academic, social, financial and institutional environments of a southern university in the United States to determine their relation to the retention of the university's art and design students. Its objective is to correlate variables in retention data to understand key elements in the institutional environment which may affect persistence. Ultimately, it searches for possible causal patterns among variables in order to make predictions and offer suggestions about academic, social and environmental factors that may or may not motivate art students to experience institutional fit. The ongoing departure of art and design students continues to puzzle because there are no definitive causes or solutions that apply to all students. Results of the study suggest that THIS SCHOOL and other art and design institutions should develop and promote policies, programs, and individual help for students who need it to assure an environment where the artistic temperament may be nourished and remain healthy. Responses to survey statements indicate a need for more proactive student-centered programs and improved financial services to promote better institutional fit. The study demonstrates that some variables (the handling of student grievances, lack of student activities, and the maintenance and regular upgrading of educational technology) are linked with departure, while negative or no correlations are found with student perceptions of faculty, challenging academic classes, knowledgeable financial aid representatives and student/teacher ratios. However, there are also several areas where the findings are mixed or contradictory. Therefore, study results suggest the need for continued research in the area of attrition among art and design students.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Art education;
Higher education
Classification
0273: Art education
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Academic persistence; Art and design students; First-year experience; Institutional fit; Retention; Student-centered
Title
Picasso flunks: A retention study
Author
Steinman, Steven I.
Number of pages
178
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
1351
Source
DAI-A 68/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549270119
Advisor
O'Toole, Carol Berg
Committee member
Misite, Phyllis; Valle-Killeen, Suzanne
University/institution
Capella University
Department
School of Education
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3283781
ProQuest document ID
304720477
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304720477
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